Tickleford Grange Safari Park, 1972
Tickleford Grange Safari Park opened with great fanfare in 1972, boasting lions and tigers, giraffes and chimpanzees. From day one things didn't go well - low visitor numbers, high costs, changes in public perceptions, health & safety law (especially after the unfortunate incident with the keeper and the emu) and demonstrations by animal rights protesters conspired to reduce the safari park firstly to a zoo, then a menagerie and finally nothing more than pets corner.
However, they kept the name Tickleford Zoo and the keepers do their very best to give their animals the best lives they can and provide a memorable experience for visitors. This can be quite a challenge when the most exciting animals in the zoo are squirrels.